The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson by Tanis C. Thorne

By Tanis C. Thorne

The 1st biography of Jackson Barnett, who received unforeseen wealth from oil chanced on on his estate. This booklet explores how keep an eye on of his fortune used to be violently contested through his mum or dad, the country of Oklahoma, the Baptist Church, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and an adventuress who abducted and married him. entering nationwide prominence as a case of Bureau of Indian Affairs mismanagement of Indian estate, the litigation over Barnett's wealth lasted twenty years and inspired Congress to make long-overdue reforms in its guidelines in the direction of Indians. Highlighting the paradoxical function performed through the government as either purported protector and pilferer of Indian funds, and replete with a number of the significant brokers in twentieth-century local American background, this amazing tale is not just pleasing in its personal correct yet hugely symbolic of America's diseased and corrupt nationwide Indian coverage.

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McCombs perhaps embellished the truth to get remuneration for aiding Barnett during his lean youthful years and to support the Conner family’s claim to kinship. For several years spanning adolescence to early adulthood, Jackson worked alongside his maternal half brother Tecumseh transporting goods across the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers north of Muskogee on ferries owned and operated by Uncle Leecher. Jackson put down the boards so the wagons could roll onto the ferry and then poled the ferry across the river.

Citizens, control of crime became a problem. Cattle rustling, the rule of guns and whiskey, and violent personal vendettas were visible signs of what some perceived as rampant lawlessness. Adding to the perceived chaos, civil war broke out between two Creek factions. ”31 The pressure to privatize and individualize the Indians’ landed estate and tribal assets via allotment was the political issue that brought the demographic and economic developments to a head. During the s, momentum was building in Congress to pass the Dawes Allotment Act, which unilaterally imposed allotment on all communally held lands of American Indian tribes.

42 Having lost the cabin, Barnett moved to Tiger Flats, where he lived with different families between Bryant and Henryetta in Okmulgee County Please Pass the Injin Territory while earning his keep as a farm laborer. It was not far from Hickory Ground, the Snake government’s council ground and spiritual center. Displaced and homeless, Jackson was drawn into sympathy with the Snake rebellion. He owned little besides a horse and saddle. 43 Jackson Barnett’s condition as a landless Creek in  was not atypical.

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